Anyway, New Zealand has exciting features at any time of the year to capture your interest.
Best Places for a Honeymoon in New Zealand
1. The Coromandel PeninsulaA popular summer destination for a honeymoon in New Zealand, the Coromandel Peninsula in North Island has spectacular scenery consisting of golden sand beaches and large native forests. The sunrise at Cathedral Cove and kayaking to the Whenakura Island are some of the prized experiences at this romantic getaway. Coromandel Peninsula’s proximity to Auckland and the serene atmosphere on its northern side are loved as well.
At the southern end of the world-renowned Hot Water Beach, you can unwind in a spa pool after digging one in the sand. If you are on the lookout for adventure, it has good beach breaks which allow the excellent opportunity for surfing. They are not ideal for swimming though.
There many romantic spots to go out and eat at the Coromandel Peninsula like The Church Bistro and The Incognito Licensed Brasserie. A brief walk from Cooks beach takes you to 970 Lonely bay Lodge which offers the finest facilities for accommodation. Just twenty-five minutes from Hot Water on a car or bus, there is Tairua Shores Motel which is apt to stay in while exploring the Coromandel Peninsula.
2. Waiheke IslandAlmost an hour away from Auckland on a ferry, the alluring Waiheke Island is one of the best choices for enjoying your honeymoon in New Zealand. Lush vineyards, white sand beaches, gleaming blue waters and thickly forested regions contribute to the island’s scenic beauty. The island also presents scope for adrenaline-pumping activities like zip-lining.
Since the notable regions of the island other than the beaches are far away from each other and craggy, it is advised to hire a car or bike rather than hoping to cover them by foot. Waiheke Island is huge in wine growing and wine tourism, so quite a few among its vineyards have tasting sessions throughout the year. Some even have their restaurants or cafés that provide delish food and there are also popular eateries including bars all over the island.
The Boatshed Boutique is a luxury hotel for staying in Waiheke Island with panoramic views and an elegant atmosphere. The Delamore Lodge uniquely designed in the shape of Maori fish hook and the Rydges Formosa Golf Resort that overlooks Hauraki Gulf are the other fine options for staying in the island.
3. QueenstownAlthough Queenstown’s romantic landscape has stunning mountain views and shining waters of Lake Wakatipu, the area has attained huge importance as the adventure capital of the country. Jetboat tours, skydiving, and para-gliding are among the numerous adventure activities in New Zealand that also offer scenic pleasure. Taking the steamship cruise or simply a stroll along the shore are remarkable for comprehending the beauty of Lake Wakatipu.
Surrounded by wineries and vineyards, Queenstown provides an elegant wine tasting experience, particularly in the Otago region. Taking a leap at the Kawarau Bridge Bungee is sure to satisfy the couples who are thrill-seekers. There is also the Nevis Bungee, the country’s highest bungee.
Preferred for staying in Queenstown, The Kohara Lodge is an environmentally designed house which offers a tranquil atmosphere and admirable facilities. Having won accolades, it is just a five-minute drive from Central Queenstown. The Sofitel Queenstown Hotel and Spa and The Rees Hotel are the other fitting options for staying in Queenstown.
4. MatamataTwo hours away on a bus or car from Auckland, Matamata is a must-visit destination for couples who admire the ‘Lord of the Rings’ and the ‘Hobbit’ film franchises. The guided tour to explore the Hobbit Movie Set also features a gripping commentary that narrates the story behind its creation. While meandering through the legendary Middle-earth, iconic elements from the movies like the mill, the double-arched bridge, and the Party tree also become wonderful sights.
The Bag End where the adventures of Frodo and Bilbo began is included in the forty-four different hobbit holes in the set. To unwind with a cup of coffee and a great meal before escaping into the Hobbiton Movie set, visit the Shire's Rest Café. Since 2012, the visitors can taste a couple of exotic drinks from The Green Dragon Inn as a part of the tour.
There are many excellent cafes in Matamata to enjoy a sumptuous meal such as the Good Merchant and the Workmans Café and Bar. The spectacular Wairere Falls which has a stunning height of one hundred and fifty three meters is located east of the town. Even though The Wairere Falls Track leading to the viewing platform at the top of the waterfall is quite hard, it has fantastic views of the Waikato region.
Waikato has hotels like The House with No Nails, Eldonwood Bed and Breakfast and Matamata Central Motel which are apt for staying in during the romantic journey.
5. Milford SoundOne of the most popular destinations for a romantic getaway or honeymoon in New Zealand, Milford Sound is often deemed to be the eighth wonder of the world. A flight trip to relish the sensational scenery of Milford that consists of the distinguished fiord, mountains, glaciers and waterfalls is an intimate experience worth looking forward to. To catch a glimpse of the Seal Rock, Mitre Peak and Stirling Falls, cruising in any of the Milford cruises would be splendid.
After a day’s explore, head to the Milford Sound Lodge with ample facilities and an amazing view of the Cheddau River. Located just five minutes from cruise boats, this secluded lodge also has café that serves Fiordian cuisine.
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